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Woman injured when part of tree falls on her in Ann Arbor nature area
Updated On: Jun 13, 2009

Woman injured when part of tree falls on her in Ann Arbor nature area

by Tom Gantert | The Ann Arbor News
Friday April 24, 2009, 2:11 PM

A large portion of a tree trunk cracked and fell on a woman who was walking in an Ann Arbor nature area Friday afternoon, seriously injuring her, authorities said.

Ann Arbor firefighters and University of Michigan police were called about 12:30 p.m. to the Cedar Bend Nature Area in the 1700 block of Hubbard where they found a woman with a tree on her back pushing her chest into her legs in a sitting position.

Authorities said she was in extreme pain.

"It was the craziest thing I had ever seen," said fire Battalion Chief Robert Vogel.

Vogel said a witness heard a large crack and then heard cries coming out from the wooded trails.

Vogel said it took about five minutes for firefighters to use a chainsaw to remove the tree.

He said the woman, whose identity wasn't immediately available, was taken via ambulance to the University of Michigan Hospital. Her condition was unknown, Vogel said.

Tom Gantert can be reached at or 734-994-6701

Ann Arbor Firefighters Local 693
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